Picture of World War Two Era Replica/Prop Cocktail Molotov

The cocktail Molotov first appeared during the Second World War in the hands of the Soviet military to take out enemy tanks. Brainchild of Soviet foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov, this petrol bomb was simple in its concept. A glass bottle filled with petrol and oil (the oil was to thicken the petrol). A rag put at the opening of the bottle and light on fire. When thrown the bottle would break on impact exposing the petrol to the flame and thus igniting. This was its primitive form.

The Red Army received two types of petrol bombs: ones with self-igniting mixture KS and ones with inflammable mixtures Number 1 and Number 3. These mixtures were made of ordinary petrol, thickened by OP-1 hardening powder into a type of napalm.

Petrol bombs with inflammable liquids Numbers 1 and 3 were sealed with conventional corks. Ampoules with chemical agents were used for ignition. The liquid ignited when contacting the chemical agent in the ampoules - this occurred as both the bottle and the ampoule broke when hitting a tank. The ampoules were attached to the bottle with a rubber band or were inserted in the bottles. Another ignition mechanism used matches, attached to the bottle with rubber bands. These fuse-matches were sticks fully covered with igniting agent.

In this Instructable I will only discuss about the primitive Molotov (the bottle with a rag) the petrol bomb with chemical igniter and the fuse-matches. 

I advise you to improvise, change the design and be creative but most of all Have Fun!

Warning: What you do with these props/replicas is up to you. Make sure you are not violating any laws. Use at your own risk. If misused prepare to deal with the consequences.

I do not identify and do not sympathize with any kind of political beliefs or ideologies. The images and information provided are only for demonstration and personal use in prop/replica making of historical importance.

Sorry about grammar and language errors – English is not my native language.

Stolles3 years ago
Thanks for these instructions, it will look great in WW2 Soviet reenactment !
mikeasaurus3 years ago
Fun prop!
This is eligible for the Make it Real Contest, you should enter!
randofo3 years ago
Actually, it was made in response to Russia. During the invasion of Finland, Molotov, a high-level Soviet politician would broadcast on the radio every evening that Russian planes were flying over to drop food aid. Instead, they were dropping huge cluster bombs everywhere. People started calling these Molotov bread baskets. When a Finnish brewery started manufacturing these to fight back against the Soviets, they started calling them Molotov Cocktails.